The longtime voice of the Toronto Blue Jays Jerry Howarth has announced his retirement just before the start of another season. He said that he had every intention of doing the play by play this season but his stamina and health aren't going to allow it. He started with the Jays in 1981 and when the baseball season starts there is almost a game a day. That means for 36 years he managed to call games from the first pitch to the final out and then get on flights, and hop through hotels. Most of those seasons with his broadcast partner Tom Cheek. He did some basketball before starting with the Jays so he estimates that he has called 7,500 games.
Compare that with Cal Ripken's consecutive streak of 2,632 games. He beat Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games in 1995, but it stood for 56 years. Jerry did the Jays games through prostate cancer and even through laryngitis. He is retiring now and plans to write a book and do some painting. Classic Hits will have a couple of Spring Training games. We will have all of the Friday, Saturday, Sunday games during the regular season. And we'll follow the AL right into the World Series. From the first pitch to the final out of the World Series, we have baseball covered. The first Spring Training broadcast is Saturday morning March 24th vs the Yankees.
The regular season begins at home in Toronto against the New York Yankees on Thursday March 29th.